Finally finished small coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AngieChick, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    After 3 weeks, we are finally done! Most of it was recycled materials (ie: the siding was from a house being torn down) from friends, habitat for humanity, etc. Anywhere we could find it. In all honesty, I would guess that we still spent close to $400 for HW cloth, lumber, paint, etc. Over budget, but I think still within reasonable realms. We like our small backyard to be a bit of a retreat, so it had to be cheery and attractive. The run is around 90 square feet, the coop is 4x5x4. I made the coop, my hubby made the run (really more of an aviary). The small run area under the coop has hardware cloth on the bottom, under about 3 inches of sand. 2 sides of it unlock, the front one flips down, the one inside the run props up. My husband is rigging the one inside the run so that it can be unlatched and pulled up from outside of the run. There are 2 big windows on the coop, the doors to it are cabinet doors from habitat, they have hardware cloth inside. The doors in to clean the coop are also old large cabinet doors, as is the flip lid to the nest boxes. All doors have padlocks that use the same key type, which are hung with chain from the locks themselves. Inside the run is river sand. The run has hardware cloth throughout, except on the high roof, which is chicken wire (a little over 5 feet up). The hardware cloth is buried as far as he could get it, about 5 inches. Dogs will not be an issue (very fenced in yard), but we do have raccoons. Do I need to use some extra cloth and make an apron around it? We have no weasles, just coons and possums. The roof of the coop will have plastic paneling over it, there is no rain in sight so I think we have a bit of time for that (hopefully in the next couple of weeks). The project took 3 weeks of very long days....

    front of coop

    front of run



    This was my first real building project, it was fun to do & is pretty sturdy. There are some crooked things on it, but overall I think it turned out nice. Tonight will be their first night in it, we are running the brooder light into it for them. They have been in the run for the past 2 days and are loving every minute of it.


  2. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Very nice and very retreat like!! I think i need to get planting some flowers and putting some potted plants out by makes it look very nice. [​IMG]
  3. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I love it! I love the color you painted it as well.
  4. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    That's very nice, Angie! Your birds should love it!!!!

  5. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Thank you! I do love color....

    They are perfectly happy in the run right now, but they haven't figured out the ladder up into the coop (I have found that chickens are really not the brightest of beasts).

    I am eventually going to paint some crazy chickens on the door, but one goal at a time... You can't see it, but the plywood on the roof has clouds painted on it, the plastic wavy roofing we will be putting over it is clear.

    Overall I'm very happy with it, I just have to keep my woodworker father from looking too close. He cringed when I said that I scored some cheap oak crown molding for on my chicken coop.

    Thanks again for the kind comments.
  6. Robin L

    Robin L Songster

    Jun 12, 2008
    Lovely coop and run! You did a wonderful job, if you are ever in WI please stop by and make me one [​IMG]
  7. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I like it! You did a great job ... kudos to you!

    I also love the blue color. Your chickens are going to be very happy in there.

    Your father sounds like my general contractor husband.. [​IMG]
  8. hottexaschick

    hottexaschick In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    Collin County, Texas
    Wow that's beautiful![​IMG]
    Once we get our run up I'm going to have to do some planting.
  9. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    That looks gorgeous [​IMG]
  10. Beautimus! Good job! [​IMG]

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